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Use our child-friendly posters to teach all pupils how to keep their hands clean in line with NHS guidelines and help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading in your school.

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The information on these posters follows the latest NHS guidance

Poster: how to wash your hands properly

Put this up by all sinks in toilets, classrooms and anywhere else that pupils wash their hands. (You'll need to print it on A3 paper.)

Primary schools: put aside some time to practise following the steps here with children in reception and year 1, at least, so they get familiar with the routine.

Poster: when to wash your hands

Put this one up around your school so pupils get a regular visual reminder of when they should wash their hands. Make sure it's especially visible near the entrance, outside toilets, and in areas used for PE and dining.

Poster for primary schools:

Poster for secondary schools (the same advice, with a slight difference in terminology):

A tip to make sure pupils properly wash their hands 

Shauna Woods from Missouri (US) shared this simple trick:

  • Stamp pupil's hands in the morning
  • If it's gone later in the day give them a prize
Hand washing tip


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